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Mary's Weekly Update 5-25-18

posted May 30, 2018, 10:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Automata!

We just had another engineering challenge – automata!  This was a challenge that we had done once before, but several students had requested a repeat.  And once again, they rose to the challenge. They created many very imaginative and clever machines, and demonstrated several engineering concepts.  


Last Workplan!

This week’s workplan was the last that we will be doing this school year.  For the remainder of the year we will be focusing on our cultural work, art projects, and creating our year-end Portfolios.  We will also be completing the last of standard testing.


6th Years Hike with Middle School

All 6th years need to return their permission slip for the hike with the Middle School before next Friday.


Bike and Walk to School Day Raffle

Please remind your student to turn in their punch cards for walking and biking this month to the office by Tuesday, June 5th, before noon. We will have the raffle that day and there will be one prize per classroom.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Tuesday!


 

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Monday, May 28             NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Thursday, May 31 Move Up Day Class Assignment Slips Sent Home

Friday, June 1                  Move Up Day 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Returning 6th years go on hike with Middle School

Monday, June 4               Dance-a-thon Pledges Due

Tuesday, June 5              End of Year Picnic 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 8       NO SCHOOL – Grading Day

Friday, June 8       Rummage Sale Item Drop Off 8-11 a.m. and 1-7 p.m.

Saturday, June 9             Rummage Sale 8-3:30 p.m.

Monday, June 11            Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

Tuesday, June 12 Field Day 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 14          Last Day of School – Early Release 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 16           Ridgeline Night at the Ems 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, June 21 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Mary's Weekly Update 4-27-18

posted Apr 27, 2018, 11:10 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Quamash Wetlands Planting Trip

We will be going on a field trip to the Quamash Wetlands site near Short Mountain on Thursday, May 10th, where we will be working alongside the Kalapuya High School students.  Together we will be planting a variety of native plants to help with the remediation of the site.  This will be an all-day, outside event. The bus will leave at 9am and return to Ridgeline by 2:30pm (free transportation is being provided by the Recreation Department for the City of Eugene).  Please ensure that your student is prepared for this trip by having:

- waterproof shoes or tall rubber boots

- light rain jacket

- sunscreen

- a large water bottle

- a healthy snack

- a snack lunch.


To be eligible to attend this field trip, we must receive both a signed Ridgeline permission form AND the Lane County Permission and Release form by Tuesday, May 8th.  Students who are not going on the field trip will be working in another classroom for the day.



State Testing

We have been doing “practice testing” this week to become familiar with the state testing interface and the new Chromebook laptops.  Actual testing will begin next week and run until the end of May. Please help students do their best by ensuring that they get plenty of sleep and a good breakfast.



Bike & Walk to School Month

May is Bike & Walk to School Month.  Today, we handed out punch cards to all the kids so they can keep track of how many days they bike and/or walk to school in the month of May (students can keep their cards at school or at home).  At the end of the month, there will be a raffle for all students who turn in their completed punch card. On May 9th, we are also organizing a bike train from Tugman Park leaving at 8am, and a walking train from The Annex (formally Crossfire) leaving at 8:05am. If you would like to bike or walk with your student, that would be great!



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Tuesday!


 

 

(please turn over for the Ridgeline Calendar)

 

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Monday, April 30 2018-2019 Supply Fee is due

Tuesday, May 1            RCO Meeting 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 4                 NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

Monday, May 7             Staff Appreciation – write an appreciation for the tree

Tuesday, May 8             Staff Appreciation – write an appreciation for the tree

Wednesday, May 9       Staff Appreciation – bring a baked good for the staff

Bike Train from Tugman Park 8am

Walking Train from the Annex at 8:05am

Thursday, May 10       Staff Appreciation – bring a flower from your garden for staff bouquets

Thursday, May 10    Budget Committee Meeting 8:40-10:10 a.m.

Friday, May 11    Staff Appreciation – bring a dish for the staff lunch

Friday, May 11   Fundraising Committee Meeting 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Friday, May 18   Dance-a-thon 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24   Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, May 28    NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Friday, June 1       Move Up Day 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5 End of Year Picnic 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 8         NO SCHOOL – Grading Day

Friday, June 8      Rummage Sale Item Drop Off 8-11 a.m. and 1-5 p.m.

Saturday, June 9   Rummage Sale

Monday, June 11    Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

Thursday, June 14 Last Day of School – Early Release 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 16   Ridgeline Night at the Ems 7:05 p.m.


Mary's Weekly Update 4-6-18

posted Apr 6, 2018, 9:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Track Town Pizza Restaurant Day

On Monday, April 9th come to Track Town Pizza at 1809 Franklin Boulevard for a day of Fundraising. Bring the attached flyer in and Ridgeline will receive 50% of the food purchased towards in-house or pickup (to-go) orders (only whole pizzas, breadsticks and salads count towards fundraising. No discounts allowed to maximize your fundraising efforts).  If you purchase a gift certificate, Ridgeline will receive 25% of the value of the gift certificate purchased. Both ways Track Town makes it simple and a great time to get together for a day of fundraising.


Upcoming Traffic Plans

There has been ongoing discussion regarding student and community safety and ease of traffic flow during drop off and pick up times. Site Council has designed (with input from parents and community neighbors) a new afternoon pick-up procedure in order to prioritize safety for our students as well as our community members. Fliers will be sent home soon explaining the details of the plan, but for now, we need some of our amazing family members to volunteer. We need several volunteers to help daily. One volunteer will be stationed at the driveway entrance to Ridgeline at W. Amazon to hand out fliers to drivers arriving before 3:05 p.m., outlining the new circle "airport" style pick up protocol. Two volunteers will be stationed at the corner of West Amazon and Rosewood Way to enforce no queueing on the street.  Beginning May 1, the pick-up circle will not be open for pick-up traffic until 3:05pm, allowing access to delivery vehicles, early pick-ups, and to keep the fire lane open. Vehicles arriving early will be encouraged to park and walk to the dismissal area. If necessary, cars can also park and return to the circle at 3:05 or circle the neighborhood until 3:05 p.m.


RCO Meeting April 10, 6:00-7:30 pm.

At the next RCO Meeting, the parent education topic will be the Upper Elementary where I will be sharing about the program. Is your child transitioning to Upper Elementary next year? Are you interested in learning more about your child's current program in Upper Elementary? Join us on Tuesday, April 10th for our last parent education presentation of the year.  Free childcare will be provided.


Volunteer Opportunities

We have three opportunities for you to serve our students and our school as a partner in leadership in the Ridgeline community. RCO Co-Convener and Site Council Representative are both wonderful ways to step up your level of engagement with the community and have a voice in the processes of our school. Would you prefer to not be as involved in planning, but still support the school? RCO will need a minute taker for our meetings next year. Please email RCO@ridgeline.org today to find out more!



Heads Up

Now that flu season is winding down, head lice seem to be crawling around! We highly encourage you to check your kid’s head, especially with Spring Break upon us. The relatives you visit over the break will not be thrilled if you leave them with itchy heads! Please make it a routine to periodically check your child(ren)’s head for nits and live bugs. Lice are tiny brown and gray parasites that can cause itching and scratching, especially in areas of the body that are covered with hair (typically behind the ears, near the scalp, and neck). You will be able to see the tiny lice eggs (called “nits”), which look like grains of sand attached to the hair shafts.


Treatment: Ask your doctor to recommend shampoos, cream or lotion, available over the counter. Clothing and linens need to be washed in very hot water (128.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or 53.5 degrees Celsius). Personal items, toys, home and car must be cleaned or bagged.  For more detailed information, see the website www.kidshealth.org.


The Ridgeline office staff appreciates a courtesy phone call to alert us if your child has lice so that we may work with you to ensure progress is being made to eliminate lice from your life and help to reduce further spread. We ask that you treat your child and pick out all the nits before sending them back to school.  

 


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Tuesday!


 

 

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Mon, Apr 9            Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

Tue, Apr 10            RCO Meeting 6-7:30 p.m.

Thu, Apr 12                   Sibling Enrollment Paperwork Due

Fri, Apr 13                        Fundraising Committee Meeting 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Wed, Apr 18                Panoramic Photo (weather permitting)

Thu, Apr 19                   Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2:20-3:00 p.m.

Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fri, Apr 20                        Lottery Acceptance Deadline


Mary's Weekly Update 2-2-18

posted Feb 2, 2018, 11:52 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Assigned Seats

Welcome to Second Semester!  Students who are not completing 75% or more of their assignments will be given an assigned seat in the classroom.  They will work in that location and not be able to choose their space or work partners (except for assigned group projects) so that they can better focus on their academics.  They may earn back the option of choosing their work space if they complete two consecutive work periods (4 weeks) with 75% or better completion.  If their completion rate drops below 75%, then they will again have an assigned seat.  It would be very helpful during this time if you could ask your student if they completed 3-5 works each day (the guideline we have always given students to help them pace themselves).  Beyond that, students who regularly disrupt others will be given an assigned seat.


Personal Items at School

Many comic books, magazines, and reference books are coming into the classroom!  Please remind your student that they should try to leave personal items at home, as much as possible.  They can (and should) have a book they are reading in class, but they shouldn’t bring in lots of books.   Personal electronics are also restricted, as per school policy.  


Re-enrollment Forms

The electronic re-enrollment form is now available! Let us know your student’s enrollment plan for next year before February 9th.  The re-enrollment form is used for:

  • securing your current student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

  • signing up for sibling preference.   If you have a sibling of a currently enrolled student, who you wish to enroll for the 2018-19 school year, this is how you sign up for sibling preference.  

  • releasing your student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

If you do not plan to attend Ridgeline next year, let us know on the form.  It only takes a few minutes to complete. URL: https://goo.gl/P6X5u4.  


Birthday Bash

February’s Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, February 23rd.  Please feel free to send a snack to share to the classroom on that day.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Friday, Feb 9 Re-enrollment Plan (electronic form) Deadline

Saturday, Feb 10 Pre-Lottery Information Session

Friday, Feb 23 Pasta Dinner and DDD Kick-off

Birthday Bash

Thursday, Mar 1 Pre-Lottery Information Session


Dear Ridgeline Families,

The electronic re-enrollment form is now available! Let us know your student’s enrollment plan for next year before February 9th.

The re-enrollment form is used for:

  • securing your current student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

  • signing up for sibling preference.

    • If you have a sibling of a currently enrolled student, who you wish to enroll for the 2018-19 school year, this is how you sign up for sibling preference.  

  • releasing your student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

    • If you do not plan to attend Ridgeline next year, let us know on the form.

It only takes a few minutes to complete. URL: https://goo.gl/P6X5u4.  


Mary's Weekly Update 1-18-18

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Amazon Community Garden

By now you may have heard your student talking about the Amazon Community Garden that we have set up in the classroom.  This is a scenario that we will be using to explore how communities work together, and as a setting for many of our regular subject lessons, eg. calculate the area of our garden plots (geometry), write a PSA inviting people to apply for a plot (informational and persuasive writing), research which crops to grow (science), etc.  Here is a picture of our basic site.  We will continue to add to this frieze as we continue our scenario.



Personal Items at School

Please remind your student that they should try to leave personal items at home, as much as possible.  They can (and should) have a book they are reading in class, but they shouldn’t bring in lots of books.   Personal electronics are also restricted.  



Lunch Items

The kids are growing like weeds and we have had many requests for items from the pantry (which is fine).  But this might be a good time to have a conversation with your student to see if they need a little bit more in their lunch every day to support their growing bodies.  Also, please ensure that they have the cutlery they need and that any items that need to be cut-up are done so at home since knives (kitchen knives, pocket knives, etc.) are restricted.



Birthday Bash

January’s Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, January 26th.  Please feel free to send a snack to share to the classroom on that day.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Thursday, Jan 18 6:30pm - 8:30pm Board Meeting

Friday, Jan 26 Re-enrollment Forms Sent Home

5:30pm - 8:30pm Middle School Winter Formal


Mary's Weekly Update 12-1-17

posted Dec 1, 2017, 10:23 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Homework

We have a lot of material to cover this year, so it is very important that we can move forward in a timely manner.  Therefore, I will be giving each student a regular list of work not yet completed (if any).  Please help ensure that they are bringing this work home to complete as homework.  Also, please remind your student to bring the work back to the classroom!  Completing all work assigned is a critical part of their success.  


Art Project - Empty Bottle Needed

We will be doing another clay project before Winter Break, so everyone will need to bring in an empty bottle such as a water bottle, a small cleaning fluid bottle, or a large spice bottle.  The bottle will be a permanent part of the interior structure of a clay figure.


Towels, please!

We would like to add some sound absorption to our classroom.  To that end, I am putting out a call for old bath towels - any color, any size above washcloth.  I will be putting them into a wooden frame which will then be mounted on the wall.  According to some YouTube sources, six layers of bath towels works better than professional acoustic foam.


The Marketplace Event

The upcoming Marketplace Event on the 2nd of December is going to be enormous!  They are putting out the call for lots of volunteers.  Please contact the office to sign up to help.


Birthday Bash

December's Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, December 15th.  Please feel free to send a snack to share to the classroom on that day.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Saturday, 12/2                    Student Marketplace 10am-1pm in the gym

Tuesday, 12/5                    RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Friday, 12/8                        Fundraising Committee Meeting 8:30-9:30am

Saturday, 12/9                    LuLaRoe Fundraiser 11am-1pm

Monday, 12/11                   Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Mon. 12/11-12/15                Joy of Sharing

Thursday, 12/14                 Mod Pizza Fundraiser

Friday, 12/15                      Grandparents’ Day (pre-registration required)

Mon. 12/18-Tues. 1/2          NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

Wednesday, 1/3                 Class Resumes


Mary's Weekly Update 11-2-17

posted Nov 2, 2017, 1:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Parent Conferences

Thank you so much to parents who were able to attend conferences!  That is such an important way that we can work together to support your student.  Also, Meridy and I will continue to process the great feedback we received from students and families. If you had a conference and still have questions (or you just have a question!), please do not hesitate to contact me (mary.bach-jackson@ridgeline.org).  


Weekly Reports and Time Utilization

A topic in many student conferences was time utilization in the classroom.  Lessons are carefully paced to ensure that we cover what we need to in the year so that students can be successful.  But this is a partnership and students need to meet us halfway by completing the follow-on assignments from lessons.   Many students have admitted to not using their time effectively in class, and so are not completing their assignments.  Work that is not completed in the classroom is encouraged to go home and be completed there (where possible).  


The Weekly Report sent out on Fridays details exactly what work your student has been assigned and the progress they have made on that work.  The goal is to complete 70%-100% of assignments each week.  If a student completes all of their assignments for the two-week period (woo hoo!), their next workplan will be on green paper (the kids call this "going green").   Students know that they can approach individuals with a green workplan to ask for help with anything.


So please help your student to be successful by asking these questions each day:

- did you complete 3-5 works today?

(this guideline should ensure that they stay on top of their work)


- did you complete at least two pages of math today?

(there are four pages of regular math and four pages of review or geometry assigned per week).


There is always time built into the school day to complete assigned works, so it is up to the student to use their time efficiently.   Please encourage your student to use the Post-It Note Club if they need/want help organizing their work.


Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash for November birthdays will be held on November 17th.  Please feel free to send in a healthy snack for the whole class to share on that date.




Barnes and Noble Bookfair

This year at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair, we will be performing two plays about some very famous explorers and their journeys.  The kids have been hard at work writing scripts and making masks so please plan on attending the bookfair on November 17th.  We really hope to see you there!



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Wed, Nov 1 Fall Boxtop Deadline

3:10-4:00pm  GAYLE Meeting

Sun, Nov 5 Daylight Savings Time Ends

Tue, Nov 7 6:00-7:30pm RCO Meeting

Wed, Nov 8 3:10-4:00pm  GAYLE Meeting

Fri, Nov 10 NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day


Mary's Weekly Update 10-27-17

posted Oct 27, 2017, 10:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Time Utilization

Many students have been asking if they can take work home as homework..  Work that is not completed in the classroom is encouraged to go home and be completed there (when possible).  The goal is to complete 70%-100% of assignments each week, so please help your student by asking these questions each day:

- did you complete 3-5 works today?

(this guideline should ensure that they stay on top of their work)

- did you complete at least two pages of math today?

(there are usually four pages of regular math and four pages of review or geometry assigned per week).


There is always time built into the school day to complete assigned works, so it is up to the student to use their time efficiently.   Please encourage your student to use the Post-It Note Club if they need/want help organizing their work.


Parent Conferences

If you have not already signed up for a slot for Parent Conferences, please do so (http://signup.com/go/3fsfL4  ).  This conference is a vital part of the ways in which we can all work together to support your student.  


Bowls and Masks

On Friday, November 3rd, we will be making yarn bowls and masks with paper mache clay.  Half of the class will be making a bowl and the other half will make a mask.  The following week, the students will switch so that everyone will have a bowl and a mask.  We will use many of the masks in our student-written plays of famous exploration journeys for the Barnes & Noble Bookfair this year (11/17/17).  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

 

Fri, Oct 27 Reading Day in the classroom

Mon, Oct 30 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tue, Oct 31 Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

 


Mary's Weekly Update 10-19-17

posted Oct 19, 2017, 2:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Student Presentations!

So last week I asked all students to prepare to do a very short presentation on something that is important to them.  The sixth years were asked to do their presentations yesterday, so the fifth and fourth years will need to do their presentations next week.  Please ask your student about what they are planning to speak about!  Again, the item of importance can be a person, a pet, a personal object, or a book.  They will need to show that "item" (or a picture of it) and talk for 1-3 minutes about the personal significance of it.  


Parent Conferences

Please be on the lookout for an email regarding the Parent Conferences at the end of the month.  The email will have a link allowing you to sign-up for a time slot.  Please allow lunch times and after hours time slots for parents who are unable to attend during normal classroom hours.  Your student is expected to attend their meeting, otherwise another meeting will be scheduled at a time when they can attend.


Levels Lunches

We will be starting "Levels Lunches" today.  This is a time for the three UE classes to come together at recess, and for all members of a grade level to eat lunch together.  We hope this gives students a chance to have new conversations with new people.  It is also in preparation for the Breakout Biology lessons in the new year where students will be working alongside their grade-level peers.


Crossfire

Our Bike and Ride Day was a huge success, with many students walking in from Crossfire.  Hopefully it encouraged more people to try to use that location as a "park and stride" area for the school.  If you are using the Crossfire location, please be respectful, and remember that it is not a playground or a hangout place.  It is private property and they are being really good neighbors to allow us to utilize their parking lot to encourage active transportation and ease congestion at our school.


Reading Day

We will be having a Reading Day on Friday, October 27th.  That morning will be a time to lounge in your pajamas in a blanket fort and indulge in your favorite book.  You may also bring in a healthy snack to share on that day, if you wish.


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Sat, Oct 21 4:30pm - 6:30pm Skateworld Costume Party

Wed, Oct 25 Picture Retakes

G.A.Y.L.E Meeting 3:10-4pm

Fri, Oct 27 Reading Day in the classroom

Mon, Oct 30 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tue, Oct 31 Parent-Teacher Conferences


Mary's Weekly Update 10-11-17

posted Oct 11, 2017, 10:53 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Weekly Report

I do not send a Weekly Report out if we are not in school on a Friday.  We generally are not out on consecutive Fridays, so you will have a report the following week.


Student Presentations!

Every Thursday we set aside time for students to present to the class.  Over the next two weeks I will be asking each student to do a very short presentation on something that is important to them.  This could be a person, a pet, a personal object, or a book.  They will need to show that "item" (or a picture of it) and talk for 1-3 minutes about the personal significance of it.  I will split the group presentations over the two Thursdays of the period (I will add time on other days, if needed).  So please have a conversation with your student about a possible topic for this presentation!


Parent Conferences

Please be on the lookout for an email regarding Parent Conferences at the end of the month.  The email will have a link allowing you to sign-up for a time slot.  Please allow lunch times and after hours time slots for parents who are unable to attend during normal classroom hours.  Your student is expected to attend their meeting.


Curriculum Sharing Night

We will be having "Curriculum Sharing Night" on Wednesday, October 18th from 3:05-4:05 and 6-7pm.  Please come into the classroom to see all of the work they have been doing so far.  This is also an opportunity to find out what the heck a "stamp game" is or "Hands-on Equations"!


Vision Screening

The annual vision screen is next Friday, October 20.  Dr. Foley’s colleague Betty will be doing the screening this year again.


Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash for October birthdays will be held on October 20th.  If your student has a birthday that month, please feel free to send in a healthy snack on that date.


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Fri, Oct 13 No School (Staff In-service Day)

Wed, Oct 18 Curriculum Sharing - 3:05-4:05pm and 6:00-7:00pm

GAYLE Meeting 3:10-4:00pm

Fri, Oct 20 Birthday Bash

Vision Screening

Sat, Oct 21 4:30pm - 6:30pm Skateworld Costume Party

Mon, Oct 30 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tue, Oct 31 Parent-Teacher Conferences


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